Bloom Energy expanding with big Delaware deal

Bloom Energy Inc. and a Delaware utility are working on what could be the biggest deal reached by the fuel cell maker so far, according to reports Friday.

The Sunnyvale company provides “Bloom boxes” — solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean power onsite from virtually any fuel source.

Delmarva Power & Light, which serves about 500,000 customers in Delaware, could buy about 300 Bloom boxes, Reuters reported, citing Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.

In May San Jose-based Adobe Systems Inc. announced that it installed 12 Bloom boxes. The preceding month Bloom said it itplans to quadruple its manufacturing space in Sunnyvale and add more than 1,000 new jobs.

The company, which was founded in 2001, said at that time that about 120 of its boxes have been deployed across California, reducing the carbon footprint and operating costs for customers that include Mountain View-based Google Inc. and San Jose-based eBay Inc.

Bloom’s first installation outside California was in Tennessee, but with this new deal, a 200,000 square-foot factory is being planed at an old Delaware Chrysler plant, Reuters said.

Read more: Bloom Energy expanding with big Delaware deal | Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

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